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Shaping Sound in the Studio and Beyond: Audio Aesthetics and Technology by Gary Gottlieb

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Audio and Aesthetics

How can we effectively apply aesthetics? First we must attempt to define aesthetics and develop a deeper understanding of this perceptual and elusive concept. In the most simple and classic definitions, aesthetics is considered a branch of philosophy devoted to beauty and the arts. It defines acceptable parameters of appearance and performance and attempts to quantify quality. If that sounds difficult and relative, that’s because it is. You may like a certain style of music that your best friend hates. Perhaps that style of music fits your personal aesthetic, your personal sense of beauty. To you, this particular style of music is more than just acceptable. It sounds good to you. Perhaps it even feeds your soul in some way. ...

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